There's nothing sexy about fighting to improve a regulatory process. Yet in the years since former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gutted Canada's environmental assessment process—scaling back projects that can be reviewed, reducing money and time available for public input, and worse—the need for a total overhaul of the existing and broken process has grown... Continue Reading →
This summer I had the pleasure of working with the team at Toronto-based Waterlution as they build awareness and generate interest among Ontarians for the Great Lakes. Not a traditional 'Save the Great Lakes!' from (name a calamity—pollution, invasive species, microbead plastics, etc), but rather it's been an exercise in helping people who live within... Continue Reading →
It's been a while! But I got back recently from an Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources fellowship and thought I would share a few photos from the trip around Lake Erie. The topic was drinking water and the threats it faces in the basin from pollution, eroding confidence in public utilities, plastic pollution and ageing infrastructure.... Continue Reading →
I was thrilled earlier this month to appear on Focus Ontario to talk with TV's Alan Carter (a friend of mine from my reporting days at Queen's Park) on the latest report on the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes. Specifically, a report from ten American and Canadian researchers used computer modelling to... Continue Reading →
Corporate Knight's Winter 2016 edition includes a feature on the summer of 2015—Ontario's Asian carp summer. In July and September, researchers from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority found eight mature, fertile grass carp along the Toronto waterfront: three at Tommy Thompson Park and a further five during monitoring efforts at the Toronto Islands marina. From... Continue Reading →
When 2015 ends, Asian carp will be 106 kilometres closer to Lake Michigan in the Illinois River than they were to start the year.
Really fascinating piece from the DotEarth blog on New York Times about a new book on science and narrative from Randy Olson called 'Houston, We Have a Narrative." It contains a good writing theme lifted from Trey Parker, the creator of South Park, who revealed in the documentary Six Days to Air his editing formula: ______ and... Continue Reading →
What do you think? Does it work for me to write in the shrug to a piece of serious non-fiction? I like it.
In the last weekend of August my wife and I spent a soggy week camping at Bruce Peninsula National Park with friends. We had been once before, years earlier, with another couple I knew from school. Hiking along the Bruce Trail we stumbled upon the Grotto, an oasis of turquoise water and sharp, grey rock... Continue Reading →